Title:
Call system and method
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A system and method for operating a voice domain name network for use over a telephone network including the steps of a computer taking a call in which a user speaks a name. The system recognizes the spoken name. Then the system checks that the name is on a voice domain list stored in a database where the voice domain name corresponds to an Internet URL. The system creating a record registering the name as a voice domain name if the name corresponds to an Internet URL and if it is not previously registered as a voice domain name and wherein said record includes a registrant and a telephone number for the registrant. Such that future callers who call and speak the name are connected via telephone to the registrant.



Inventors:
Oddo, Anthony (Sunrise Beach, MO, US)
Application Number:
12/005025
Publication Date:
06/26/2008
Filing Date:
12/21/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
704/270.1
International Classes:
G10L11/00; G10L15/04
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Primary Examiner:
ORTIZ SANCHEZ, MICHAEL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Patent Docket Department (St. Louis, MO, US)
Claims:
1. A computer implemented method for operating a voice domain name network for use over a telephone network including the steps of; taking a call over said telephone network in which a user speaks a name, recognizing the spoken name, checking that the name is on a voice domain list stored in a computer and corresponds to an Internet URL, creating a record registering the name as a voice domain name if the name corresponds to an Internet URL and if it is not previously registered as a voice domain name, wherein said record includes a listing for a registrant said listing including a telephone number for said registrant, wherein future callers who call and speak the domain name are connected via telephone to said registrant.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein the step of checking that the name corresponds to an Internet URL includes the step of; searching for the URL on the Internet and then; offering to register the URL for the caller if the URL is found to be unregistered.

3. The method of claim 2 wherein the step of searching includes searching the same domain name in several top level domains and reporting to said caller the availability of said domain name in said top level domains.

4. The method of claim 2 wherein said step of checking that the name is on a voice domain list stored in said computer includes connecting said caller to a listed domain name registrant if said domain name is registered.

5. The method of claim 2 wherein the step of recognizing the spoken name includes the step of said computer asking the caller to spell the spoken name.

6. A computer system for operating a voice domain name network for use over a telephone network including; a voice domain computer having voice recognition capability to take a call over said telephone network, a database connected to said computer, said database containing a plurality of voice domain names where each voice domain name in said database includes a corresponding Internet URL and phone number for a registrant of said Internet URL, a search engine to search for said voice domain name in response to said call and a phone routine to connect said call to the phone number of said registrant; means to offer to register said Internet URL if said search engine fails to find said voice domain.

7. The system of claim 6 wherein said voice domain computer automatically secures the URL on the Internet prior to registering the voice domain and recording registrants' phone number in said database.

8. A computer implemented method for operating a voice domain name network for use over a communication network including the steps of; receiving a call over said communication network in which a user speaks a name, recognizing the spoken name, checking that the name is on a voice domain list stored in a computer, creating a record registering the name as a voice domain name if the name corresponds to an Internet URL and if it is not previously registered as a voice domain name, wherein said record includes a contact information for a registrant of said Internet URL, wherein future callers who call and speak the domain name are connected via said communication network to said registrant.

9. The method of claim 8 wherein the step of searching the name includes the step of; placing said caller on hold while searching for the domain name and then; offering to register the URL for the caller if the URL is found to be unregistered.

10. The method of claim 8 wherein said step of offering includes instructing said caller to connect to an Internet website where said Internet URL can be registered.

11. The method of claim 10 wherein the step of offering includes searching the URL on the Internet and reporting to said caller the availability of said domain name in said top level domains.

12. The method of claim 11 wherein said step of checking that the name is on a voice domain list stored in said computer includes connecting said caller to a listed domain name registrant if said domain name is listed.

13. The method of claim 12 wherein the step of recognizing the spoken name includes the step of said computer asking the caller to spell the spoken name.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

Provisional Application for Patent No. 60/876794 of Dec. 22, 2006 with the title “Call system” which is hereby incorporated by reference. Applicant claims priority pursuant to 35 U.S.C. Par. 119 (e).

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In the communications industry it is common to communicate using networks including telephone and computer networks.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,681,008 provides a voice activated telephone system. The patent discloses a system that allows a user to use voice commands to search a phone directory. Prior art systems are limited to a single network such as the phone network.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to communication across networks wherein a caller can be connected to the registrant of a URL, approved email or a Voice Domain Name.

A system and method for operating a voice domain name network and Internet Registrar for use over a telephone network including the steps of a computer taking a call in which a user speaks a name. The system recognizes the spoken name. Then the system checks that the name is on a voice domain list stored in a database where the name corresponds to an active URL. In order to be registered as a voice domain name the voice domain must be a registered URL on the Internet. The system can create a record registering the name as a voice domain name if the name corresponds to an Internet URL and if it is not previously registered as a voice domain name and wherein the record includes a registrant and a telephone number for the registrant. Such that future callers who call and speak the voice domain name are connected via telephone to a registrant or sub registrant.

These and other advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a voice domain network;

FIG. 2 shows a flow chart of voice domain use;

FIG. 3 shows a flow chart of registration of a voice domain;

FIG. 4 shows a screen shot of the voice domain registration website

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DEVICE

In the disclosure the terms (uniform resource locator) URL and web page are used to describe locations on a computer implemented communication network such as the Internet. These locations might be ICANN (Internet Corporation for assigned numbers and names) registered sites, web pages or email for example. FIG. 1 shows a communications network 100. The network 100 includes a voice domain computer 120 and a voice domain database 110 for storing a plurality of voice domain names (VDN). The voice domain computer 120 provides a bridge between two communications networks the Computer Internet 130 and the phone network 140. The Internet 130 is known. The Internet 130 is a computer network that contains many URL computers 132 containing URL addresses for web sites accessible through the Internet 130. The Internet 130 also includes many user computers 134 used by people accessing web pages on URL computers 132 in a way that is well known in the prior art. The Internet 130 is also accessible by some wireless devices 136 including cell phones and PDA's for example.

The communications network 100 also includes a phone network 140. Phone networks are known in the prior art and can include landline phones 142 and wireless devices 136 including cell phones and PDA's. FIG. 1 shows that the voice domain computer 120 provides a bridge between the Internet 130 and the phone network 140.

FIG. 2 shows a flowchart of how the voice domain computer 120 and voice domain database 110 would work from a user perspective. A calling user of the voice domain computer 120 would call the computer 120 using a 1-800 phone number, other toll free number, voice over IP (VOIP), or communication network for example. The calling user might call from a wireless device 136 or a landline phone 142. Once connected to the voice domain computer 120, the calling user would be prompted in step 200 to speak or spell a voice domain name which is a URL from the Internet 130 including the top level domain (.com or .gov for example). For example, the calling user might say, “www.mikeoddo.com” or simply ‘mikeoddo.com’, the voice domain computer 120 can then check to see if the voice domain name was understood in step 202 by repeating it back to the calling user, if the calling user responds ‘no’, meaning the repeated voice domain was not the intended voice domain, then the voice domain computer 120 in step 204 can ask the calling user to repeat or spell the voice domain or the voice domain computer 120 could connect the calling user to a live operator if repeated misunderstandings occur. Alternately, the calling user might simply say “Mike Oddo” and the voice domain computer 120 could conduct a search of all upper level domains 205 (Country code top level domains (cctlds), Generic top level domains (gtlds) .com, net, .gov, .biz etc) and report back those that are taken and those that are available and would then ask the user which they meant. Once understood, the voice domain computer 120 will then access 206 the voice domain database 110 and check to see if the voice domain name spoken and understood is registered. If the voice domain computer 120 finds 208 a registered voice domain name match it will then call through to the phone number associated with the voice domain name and connect the calling user to that phone number and the registrant. If the voice domain computer 120 has understood the voice domain name requested by the calling user but was unable to find it, the voice domain computer 120 can ask the calling user to spell 210 the voice domain name for clarification if they did not do so originally. Alternatively if the voice domain computer 120 found a similar registered name the voice domain computer could state or spell that name to the calling user. If the voice domain name is still not found the calling user is first connected to a message stating that the voice domain name may be available for registration and directing the calling user to a website (see FIG. 4) to register the name and then the calling user can be connected to a live operator to further clarify any questions the calling user may have. The voice domain computer 120 can communicate via any means to produce speech such as a voice synthesizer for example.

FIG. 3 shows the process 300 of registering a voice domain name. A URL owner would typically enter the process 300 at step 302. The URL owner is asked if the ICANN registered domain name, approved email or approved internet URL is registered or active 306 on the Internet 130. In addition to asking the system could check the Internet 130 to see if the URL is active on the Internet 130 using a search engine for example. If it is not an ICANN registered domain names, approved email, or approved active URL, then the URL owner is asked if they want to activate and or register 310 the URL on the Internet. If not, then the Voice domain can not be entered and the call will end or the calling user will be connected to a live operator. Only active ICANN registered domain names, approved emails or approved internet URL's on the Internet can be registered as voice domains. If the ICANN registered domain names, approved email, or approved URL owner wants to activate the such by registering them on the Internet 130 then they are directed to a web page (see FIG. 4) to complete Domain name registration on the Internet 312. For example, the ICANN registered domain name, approved email or approved URL owner could be given a website address and the owner could open the website while on the phone or they could hang up and go to the website to complete the process of registering the ICANN registered domain name, approved email, or approved URL on the Internet. Once the URL is active 306 then the voice domain computer 120 checks to see if the voice domain name (VDN) is available 316. If the voice domain name is already owned then the ICANN registered domain name, approved email, or approved URL owner is asked if they are interested in buying 318 the VDN from its current owner. It is possible for the owner of a domain name on the Internet 130 to not be the owner of the corresponding voice domain name. If the URL is active 306 and the VDN is available to register 316 then the URL can be registered 320 as a Voice domain name (VDN). A fee can then be paid 322.

FIG. 4 shows a screen shot of the web page 400 used to register voice domain names. The prospective registrant wishing to register a voice domain name can enter the name in box 402. The voice domain computer 120 will check the name in box 402 against the names already in the voice domain database 110. The web page 400 can also include the ability to register a URL on the Internet. If the entered name is not yet registered, then it can be registered by paying a fee and the prospective registrant would become the registrant and their name and phone number would be entered and associated with the voice domain name in a record stored in the VDN database 110. If the VDN is already registered and the Internet domain name is also registered then the prospective registrant could be given the option to buy or lease the VDN if it is available. This could be done by putting the prospective registrant in contact with the actual previous registrant or by automation.